OBITUARY

Michael Alan Sharpley

July 18, 1968February 20, 2021
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Michael Alan Sharpley, 52, was born in Austin, Texas on July 18, 1968 and passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

Mike graduated from Pflugerville High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Zoology from The University of Texas at Austin. He was employed by Dell Technologies for many years.

He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys. He loved nature and the outdoors, and he enjoyed traveling with friends. An avid soccer player and fan, he was excited about Major League Soccer coming to Austin and looked forward to seeing Austin FC in action this spring.

Mike is survived by his mother and stepfather, Mary and Johnny Veselka, and his father and stepmother, Alan and Ann Sharpley, all of Austin; sister, Kristin Duane and husband, Jason Duane of Kingwood; sister, Bethany Veselka and Kyle Mire of Dallas; nephew, Jacob Duane of College Station; niece, Kindal Duane of Kingwood; grandfather, Jerry Dhooge of La Grange; and his aunts, uncles, cousins and many loving friends. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Marion and Zoe Gentry of Killeen, and Bea Dhooge of La Grange.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Mike’s honor.

A private family service is planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar, Austin, Texas.

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Shelley Miles- Fisher

February 26, 2021

I grew up with Mike in Pflugerville. He was one of the nicest guys I’ve known. He always had a contagious smile and a heart of gold! Thank you for a lifetime of friendship! May you Rest In Peace ~ until we meet again.
I love you Mike
Shell ♥️🙏🏻

Jason Sanchez

February 24, 2021

The first thing that pops into my head when I think of the time we spent together: from all the cool stuff we did, concerts, moving his plants, watching sports (of course UT is at the top of that list), ACL, and the list goes on. The one thing that continues to bring warmth to my heart happened about 2 years ago. Mike calls me and asks if I wanted to go to hang out in New Braunfels. He hyped it up as “Jason we will be out on the river and go out to a show or two and have some fun.” No gals just us fellas, Heck YEAH. Well this is what happened, Friday night we stayed in and went to sleep at 9pm, since we both were tired from the work week and the long 1.5hrs it took us to get to where we were staying. Mountain bikes, swim suits and some beer, we were ready. The next day I get up, river ready and he says yep “lets roll”. We are enjoying the scenery and Mike is telling me about some bird or tree that is native or not. The whole time I am like, “where’s the river and why I am not holding a beer?” See what I realized that day, Mike had a love for the little things. Simple life’s treasures, I never noticed or even cared to notice. He lived the statement “stop and smell the roses”. After so long I was like “ where are we headed dude?” He says.” Jason we have to make a quick stop at this Bonsai store/garden at Jade Gardens in Wimberley, TX”.
I go with it, and 4 hours, yes 4 hours later, he picks the tree he wants. The reason this memory is so strong, it was because that was the day I learned a key lesson in life. Life is really about the small moments you share, with the people you love. The small handful of the ones that are truly comfortable in their own skin, that take the time to indirectly teach you one of life’s most treasured lessons. “Stop and Smell the Roses” it really means something now!

You had fun with Mike no matter where, what or how “lame” you might think it was going to be….Because you were sharing moments with one of the best humans ever!

Julia Stone

February 24, 2021

It has been 4 days and I am, still, trying to wrap my brain around you being gone. The fact is that we may not be able to. The only conclusion that I can come up with is that God needed you home for something special.

In reading through all the posts for you there is a resounding theme that shines through. You, Mike, had the uncanny ability to make the person in front of you feel like the most important person.

Your goodness and compassion shined through every day. The example that comes to mind is how you left the guys inside, at a team builder, to come outside and check on me, the one that got motion sick. Your compassion knew no bounds.

You were an all-around great guy and it was MY pleasure knowing you, from our times chatting in our cubicles to you laughing at me from the other side of the wall for whatever crazy thing I just said on the phone.

When we were, no longer, on the same team, a smile would brighten my face when I would see your name pop up on my Instant Messenger and I was so proud when you became a manager, something you had worked, extremely, hard to achieve.

You will, truly, be missed by all because you touched all our lives in a very special way. Fly High, My Friend until we meet again.

Rick Lewellyn

February 24, 2021

What a loss. I had the pleasure of working with Mike for several years, in several roles as he moved his way up the company ladder at Dell. I found him to be humble, kind, self-deprecating, and the epitome of what we all strive to be - a servant leader. Never saw an issue or problem he didn't want to tackle, and never took credit for any of his many accomplishments.

We will miss you Mike - more than words and postings can possibly describe. God Bless you and your family.

Bekah Holland

February 24, 2021

Mike was one of the most genuine, caring people I've known. He took every opportunity to check in on the people in his life, and truly invest in what was going on in our world, both big and small. He would have given you the shirt off of his back, and as someone who has received one of those shirts, I can tell you that's not just a platitude. Our world will be a little smaller and less bright without him in it, but I hope we will all try to fill the gap by caring for the people around us, like Mike always did.

BUDDY OROZCO

February 23, 2021

I met Mike a little over 25 years ago on a crazy trip to Mexico. Hearing about his passing was very heartbreaking and so sad. Every time I saw Mike he was smiling, I'll always remember that about him. I will pray for his family and friends so that they may find peace in knowing that he is no longer suffering and is in a much better place. May he rest in peace.

Anthony Ditta Jr

February 23, 2021

I am very sorry for your loss. Mike was a good person...a good man and friend. He will be missed.

Yissell Torres

February 23, 2021

Where do we go from here?

That's the question I ask myself- you see once someone special touches our lives, and they leave.. we are left with an empty place.

I met Mike Sharpley almost 6 years ago at Dell. We were both on the same team performing the same role. He was always carrying a smile, upbeat, optimistic. Even in the most challenging times Mike was a positive voice. A reasonable person, willing to go above and beyond to help others.

He was my go to friend, we could talk about anything, business, longhorn football, animals, family. We often were sounding boards for each other at work. When I changed roles, I encouraged Mike to grow his career at Dell. When we both were promoted into newer roles, it seem like we became even close allies bouncing ideas, grievance, or just sharing many laughs together.

I can't tell you how many times, it felt like Mike was a long-lost friend from another time, every time we talked, share activities or just met for coffee in the office. When we were all forced to work from home, our connected remained unwavered.

Even while he was in the hospital I reached out to him out of sincere concern and care, and he text me right back with a positive disposition, and optimism.

You know when a person is special not by what people say about them when their gone but the impact they make in others lives; the footprint they leave etched in another. A part of me is forever changed because of the sincere friendship I shared with Mike - he will forever be in my heart.

He is.. and will be greatly missed by so many at Dell Technologies, we are a close-knit family there.. and the bonds run deep.
I feel blessed to have had the time and shared friendship with Mike, and I know he is still walking beside all of us... reminding us to smile.

Until we meet again, Mike!

Will Partin

February 23, 2021

Anyone who had the privilege and pleasure to work with Mike immediately felt his sincerity, which was always refreshing, especially during this difficult time. You knew exactly what he stood for. His calm demeanor, respect for everyone he engaged with, and positive attitude, no matter what was going on his life, were infectious, and it made you want to stand back and remember what was important. I didn’t get to work with Mike as long as I had hoped, but in the time I did, I will always remember his modesty and love for his family. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. He was a great man and will truly be missed.

Reilee Williams

February 23, 2021

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
11:00 AM

In a year filled with uncertainty, Mike was there full of optimism and joy. He was excited to guide me through any challenge that came my way as a new employee at Dell. Mike demonstrated what it really meant to be a servant leader. I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations whether it was talking about the deer in his backyard or discussing Texas high school football championships. His departure will never be forgotten. I'm sure he will still be watching down on his longhorns next season. I will miss you very much Mike.

-Reilee

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